Book ID: CBB168572204

Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg (2016)


Sundman, Jim (Author)

Arcadia Publishing

Publication Date: 2016
Edition Details: Series: Images of rail
Physical Details: 127 pp., illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits, bib.
Language: English

In 1857, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) took over Pennsylvania's Main Line of Public Works, a state-owned railroad and canal system built in the 1830s. Costly to build and maintain, and never attracting the traffic needed to sustain it, the state was eager to let it go. Keeping the rail portion and combining it with its own lines, the PRR ultimately developed a well-built and well-run rail line from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh all while keeping the "main line" moniker. The eastern section between Philadelphia and Harrisburg was especially successful, particularly after the railroad built new communities along the line that were at first summer destinations and later year-round homes for daily commuters. Other towns and cities along the main line had a strong industrial or agricultural base needing rail access, and many of these communities had attractive train stations. Images of America: Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg documents many of these passenger stations through vintage photographs and other images. Most are gone, but fortunately some still stand and are in use today. (Publisher)

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Review Dan Cupper (Fall-Winter 2016) Review of "Pennsylvania Main Line Railroad Stations: Philadelphia to Harrisburg". Railroad History (p. 112). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Roberts, Sam
Elliott, Bruce
Luckin, Richard W.
Young, Christopher J., Jr
Coxey, William J.
Sibul, Eric A.
Railroad History
Arcadia Publishing
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society
Morning Sun Books
Indiana University Press
Grand Central Publishing
West Jersey Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Inc.
Land transportation
Railroad Stations
Pictorial works
Urban planning
United States
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Utica, NY
New Jersey (U.S.)
Philadelphia, PA
Birmingham, AL
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
21st century
Pennsylvania Railroad
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company
Strasburg Railroad
Long Island Rail Road Company
Erie Railroad Company

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